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Kate Iselin is sick of the predators and approval-seekers calling themselves feminist to get her attention.

Arrested johns are being sent to class to ask how they would feel if their loved ones were prostitutes. Relatedly, Noah Smith tweetbombs an explanation for why he opposes the legalization of prostitution.

Lyman Stone points out that interstate migration is mostly going not to super-deep red states, but to purple states. The definition of purpose is sufficiently broad so as to include Texas, but interesting all of the same.

One county in Alabama has abducted as many children as all of the strangers in the country combined. Relatedly, The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg takes a skeptical look at the CPS.

Watch some drones build a bridge.

If Firefox is worried about staying relevant in a mobile world, they ought to think less about having their own OS and more on making an Android browser that’s awesome. There are some good Android browsers out there, but no great ones. Make it happen, Firefox. (Or don’t worry about it, and make your desktop browser better.)

Filed under “Regulation for the sake of regulation being a thing”, Robert Reich and Matt Rosoff square off on whether or not the tech industry needs more regulation.

Hamilton Nolan reports that fidgeters don’t need standing desks.

Tom Rogan looks at the Tory political implications of the British class system.
The designer of the labradoodle would like to apologize. Meanwhile, in Japan

The tears of a suicide bomber.

Democrats and Republicans tweet differently.

Don’t just start school later… also start work later.

Daniel Hertz writes about zoning and the education gap.

The commenters at Greater Greater Washington argue that of course the less fortunate need housing, just elsewhere.


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11 Responses to Linkluster Seminole County

  1. fillyjonk says:

    My think with “Don’t let people go to work before 10 am” – doesn’t that mean people will still be working late into the evening? Some of us work until the work is done. I’d hate to be told “No, stay at home in the morning, come in at 10” and then still have to be working at 8 pm.

    I don’t think everyone can be satisfied by a one-size-fits-all work schedule. Where I am right now, I can come in at 7 am and I can often scram by 4 or 5. I’d hate delaying my day’s start by 3 hours just to still be working a couple hours past dinnertime.

    • trumwill says:

      Yeah, it does mean that. Or at least it can. I, too, would prefer more flexible scheduling. But if we’re going to have syncronized scheduling, I’m on Team Ten O’Clock.

  2. Oscar Gordon says:

    Good to see the Nation critically addressing CPS.

  3. greginak says:

    Oh that CPS article. Some really good stuff mixed in with some of the classic, and generally poor, complaints. It is certainly true that CPS orgs likely treat poor and minority people differently and worse. Getting CPS out of your life isn’t always easy and if you are unfairly investigated that will feel mega terrible.

    However what CPS does needs to be understood also in terms of not just their problems but their success and real needs. It is almost to easy to start with this story. Many years ago when i worked in a local mental health center we had a family we worked with everyday sending care workers out to help with the kids all who had some level of mental health problem. For weeks at one point we were calling CPS everyday day due to evidence of drug use in the house including people passed out. For reasons that were never clear CPS never did anything but one visit regardless of our continued complaints. After a couple months of this the apartment caught fire likely from some part of the process of cooking up some meth and three of the kids died….oops.

    The classic CPS conundrum is they are always acting based on the last tragedy. If the last tragedy was kids not taken, they are taking more kids out of the home. If the last tragedy was taking kids out wrongly then they aren’t taking kids when they should.

    Any discussion of CPS needs to address that abuse and neglect happen. I have a case right now where CPS intervened after an infant had a broken arm and shoulder almost certainly caused by mom’ ex BF.

    For a couple years i worked in a drug treatment that served many families who had been referred by CPS. I remember one group very well. One woman said she hated CPS for taking her kids away from her. ( they were placed with her family fwiw). The group members jumped on her saying she had admitted to having a terrible drinking problem and repeatedly getting falling down drunk in front of her young children. Oh yeah, she needed treatment and her drinking was terrible for her kids, she freely admitted. She was glad to be pushed into treatment because her only reason for getting sober was to be a good mom. She still hated CPS for taking her kids even if she knew it was the right thing, led to her to getting sober and they worked with her to get her kids back fast.

    All the criticism of CPS, good and bad, never seem to lead to more training, more highly qualified staff and more resources. Because i’ve seen many clients pretty darn happy when their CPS worker got them into a shelter, or mental health care for them or their children or drug treatment, or a 1$ phone (thanks Obamaphone) or a ride to the food bank. And with that CPS is a super hard job with mostly ambiguous evidence, unclear outcomes and with critics who are often right about things but offer little help in figuring out who really needs intervention and who doesn’t. That is the really hard part. It is always easy after the fact and in selected samples to see the mistakes. It is a hell of a lot harder in the very muddy really world to figure out which children are safe and which aren’t.

    • oscar.gordon says:

      Greg

      First off, I largely agree with you, it’s a tough thing that is being attempted with inadequate &/or inconsistent resources. The bit that spoke to me, that I recall from my youth, was this:

      Sometimes parents can’t comply even if they want to. Kristen Weber is a senior associate at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, a DC think tank that hosts the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, a coalition of groups working to reform the system. Recently, Weber says, she’s been looking at cases of migrant farmworkers ordered to comply with “services,” such as parenting classes, for which they have no transportation. “They have to make a choice: ‘Do I lose a day’s pay and then not be able to pay my rent and food’”—which, Weber notes, can also be grounds for child removal—“‘or do I [refuse to] go and do this ‘service’ that will take all day for a two-hour parenting class?’”

      Even if the demands of CPS are unreasonable, advocates say that deference—if not outright servility—is often required from the parents, much as it is in encounters with police. “By resisting their efforts to help you or, God forbid, talking about your rights to parent in a specific way, it usually means that everyone concludes you’re beyond help, because you haven’t accepted that you need their help,” Ketteringham says. “Usually, you’re telling your client that the fastest way to have your children returned is to cooperate with the investigation.”

      I have a similar criticism of police, in that their position of authority does not necessarily make them correct about all things. Perhaps this is a symptom of insufficient resources, but it is a problem nonetheless.

      • greginak says:

        I agree. The problem is more that CPS are genearlly not funded well enough or with enough acsess to support services when they are needed. When i worked in a mental health center many of our kids were in foster care and referred by CPS. All of them had problems, the families, the kids, they all needed help. Most even seemed to genuinely want their kids to get the care they needed, after all getting their kids to be less crazy helped them a lot. Middle class and richer families could usually get all the support they needed without a public mental health center. Poor people bare the brunt of the system but often also need it and benefit from it.

    • trumwill says:

      At some point I will convince Sheila Tone to write her series on OT about the CPS.

  4. Abel Keogh says:

    I hate Firefox. At work I’m forced to use it because the main program I use is optimized for it. I used to think that IE was annoying but it has nothing on Firefox. Long live Chrome.

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